Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Thursday said that Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar’s ‘neech remark against the Prime Minister displays a mindset that only one elite family can be a ruler and the rest are only the ‘neech.

“The Congress party has challenged the weaker and backward sections of India by calling the Prime Minister as ‘neech’. The strength of India’s democracy will be displayed when a person of humble background politically defeats the dynasty and its representatives,” he said in tweets, reacting to Aiyar’s attack on Modi.

Jaitley later told reporters that this is part of a strategy of the Congress to belittle the Prime Minister every day and then say they will “retract”.

“If you are unsure of the language or facts, then you are unfit to be in politics,” he said referring to Aiyar’s defence that Hindi was not his language.

Aiyar stoked a controversy by calling Modi a “bahut neech kisam ka aadmi” who is practising “dirty politics”.